Meet Me At The Fair!

More dates added to the autumn wedding fair showcase season! I will be on site to answer your questions and help  you to imagine your perfect wedding ceremony! I look forward to meeting you at the fair!

Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Sunday September 10th – 1 to 6pm!

Sunday October 1st – 1 to 6pm

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If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to give me a call on +353877813594 or email hello@thecivilcelebrant.ie

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Style & Sophistication: Aoife and Robie

Aoife and Robie celebrated their ceremony in the beautiful Trudder Lodge, a period House in Newcastle, Co. Wicklow.

Heavy rain showers had no impact on the style, elegance and excitement of the day!  I was the very lucky celebrant who was chosen to create Aoife and Robie’s wedding ceremony and I loved every minute of it!

The ancient Scottish tradition of handfasting was a very special moment, when Aoife and Robie made joint promises for their married life ahead.  Following this they shared their peronal promises for each other.  Their marriage was sealed with the giving and receiving of a ring and New Zealand Jade.

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They also secured love lettters in a wine box ceremony, that is waiting to be opening on their first anniversary!

I wanted to say thank you so much for your wonderful, personal ceremony on May 27th. Everyone raved about you and the ceremony. It was so unexpected for most people that I think they were genuinely entertained. The main comment was how personal and romantic the entire thing was.

Robie and I said from the start that you were our star supplier for the day. We knew once we met you that you were the perfect addition to our day. You guided us through it with such grace and determination that I honestly cannot imagine doing the day without you.

The one thing I really wanted to make sure is that we felt the ceremony, took it slowly and enjoyed it. I can honestly say that we did and it remains my favourite part of the day.

Aoife and Robie

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If you would like to have a chat about planning your wedding ceremony, please feel free to give me a call on +353 877813594 or send an email to hello@thecivilcelebrant.ie

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Meet Me At The Fair!

This time of year is my busiest for wedding ceremony bookings and I am always excited to meet new couples who are in the midst of their wedding plans! So if you fancy a chat  about planning a unique and personal wedding ceremony with an Independent Celebrant, come along and meet me at the fair!

Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair on Sunday October 1st, 2017 in the St. Stephens Green Hibernian Club.  12 to 5pm – Entry €5.

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Planning A Ceremony From Abroad

So many people travel to Ireland to get married; those who emigrated and want to return home and those who want a taste of our wonderful culture, castles and country side.  With technology being what it is, planning a ceremony from abroad is as easy as meeting in person. Skype and FaceTime make face to face communication possible and easy to navigate time zones.  Both services are free, so keeping cost down.

I recently worked with a couple who were travelling home from America and this is what they said about planning a wedding ceremony from abroad…

I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for everything you did for us for our wedding! The day was unbelievably perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Our ceremony was so personal and it meant so much to us, and we want to thank you for brining it all to life so perfectly. We are so happy that we chose you as our celebrant and you were so wonderful to work with! Thank you for being so flexible and hopping on Skype on the weekends because of the time difference, and for being so collaborative with everything to make sure we were 100% happy. Ultan gave you a shout-out in his speech during the reception and you got a huge round of applause from everyone! 🙂 So many people also came up to us during the night to tell us what an amazing job you did. Thank you SO much again for everything. We are so appreciative!
Cheers,
Caitlin & Ultan
Most wedding services like photographers, florists, transport and musicians are used to, and willing to work with couples who are not in Ireland during the planning stages of their wedding.
If you are planning your wedding ceremony from abroad and would like to have a chat, please feel free to give me call on +353 877813594, or drop an email to hello@thecivilelebrant.ie
I look forward to hearing from you!

10 Tips To Choose The Right Celebrant

unnamed-1So often when I meet couples at wedding fairs, they are some what over whelmed with all the information that is given to them, and it can be hard to think about what you want to ask.

I have been working with Johanna King Photography and she is the designer behind an e-book that will be released in the coming months. Wedding suppliers have come together to share their top 10 tips to choose the right supplier for you.

I know this time of year is very busy for couples booking 2018 and 2019 weddings, so I am sharing my section of the book in advance of its full release.  Please feel free to click WeddingSuppliers_Celebrant for a PDF version that you can print out and bring with you when meeting your wedding celebrant.

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to give me a call on +353877813594 or email hello@thecivilcelebrant.ie

From the heart: Amanda and Shaun

Amanda and Shaun – Silver Tasse, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Having travelled the world together, Amanda and Shaun returned to their home county of Donegal to celebrate their marriage with family and friends.

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The wedding rings were warmed with love by everyone present and then placed in Amanda and Shaun’s hands. Each strand of the gold cold representing the facets of their life together, secured the rings within, and the ‘Hand Blessing’was read.

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The best wedding vows are those spoken straight from the heart.  Amanda and Shaun openly shared stories of their adventures and how it united them in a most unique way.

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Every tiny detail represented Amanda and Shaun and their wonderful life together!

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Thank you for delivering the most perfect ceremony on our wedding day! Without you it truly would not have been so special.  You are so very good at what you do and I would recommend you highly. Thank you so much and we will never forget the most perfect ceremony you delivered.

Amanda and Shaun

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to ring +353 87 7813594.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Just Us Two: Elisha and Mark

Elisha and Mark – Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co.Mayo

Pic065 Media Image 2.jpgWhile on a tour of Irish Castles, Elisha and Mark took time out to celebrate their marriage on the grounds of Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co. Galway.

With a hand crafted bouquet and button-hole made from the pages of a Cinderella book, Elisha found the perfect spot for their ceremony. A small archway hidden away from view, where the rushing of the nearby river was the only sound to break the silence.

Elisha and Mark choose the ancient ritual of hand fasting to ‘tie the knot’ and to make personal commitments to each other.   Their ceremony closed with a reminder of the responsibility that comes when we hold the dreams of another in our hands, done through the words of W.B. Yeats – The Cloths of Heaven.

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Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding. I truly appreciate all the hard work you put into our ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and day.

Elisha and Mark

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to ring +353 87 7813594.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Winter Showcase and Wedding Fair Dates 2017

** New Date Added**

The Bride of the Year Show is in the RDS on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29th of January and I will be there to meet you!  Please visit me on Stand B17a – down the very back on the right hand side.  

Another season of wedding fairs and showcase events is here and I can’t wait to get started! It is always a pleasure to meet newly engaged couples and to share in their excitement!

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I will be taking part in the show case and wedding fair events below, so please come along, I’d love to meet you!

Summerhill Country House, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow: Time 1 to 5pm

Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway: Time TBA

Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair, The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, 9 Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin: Time 12 – 5pm

Please check back regularly as I will be updating the list.

If you can’t make any of the events and would like to meet me to have a chat about your ceremony, Please just get in touch.

hello@thecivilcelebrant.ie +353877813594

The Hand Blessing

The Hand Blessing is not a blessing!!

It is a beautiful piece of prose that I use to slow down a ceremony and allow the couple a few precious moments to connect to each other, in an otherwise whirlwind day!

Preparing for a wedding can be super busy as there are so many elements to think about, and this can be overwhelming.  When a couple arrive at a ceremony, they are a combination of nervous and excited, and sometimes find it difficult settling in to the ceremony and then suddenly its all over!

As a wedding celebrant, I am responsible for slowing things down.  This gives the couple a chance to make memories in that moment.

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The Hand Blessing is a non religious piece of prose that works well with the ring vows, a hand fasting ceremony, or on it’s own.

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These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

 

Want to get in touch or have a questions about a ceremony? Drop an email to hello@thecivilcelebrant.ie

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Confetti Summer Issue 2016!

Planning your big day?  Or perhaps you are part of the wedding crew: maid of honour, bridesmaid, mother of the bride or a best friend?  Why not grab a copy of Confetti Summer Issue 2016 and treat the bride to be!

Its jammed packed with real Irish weddings and suppliers!  You will find all the contact details for The Civil Celebrant in the ‘Pink Pages’!

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